- 39,415 cultural items make up the collection housed at El Brujo, the product of more than 3 decades of archaeological investigations. Currently, a large part of the collections can be freely reviewed in the digital catalog.
After an intense process of reorganizing its collections and the establishment of the Protocols for Collection Management, toward the end of 2019 the El Brujo Archaeological Complex made it its goal to inventory all the non-structural cultural items that it housed. In order to do this, a digital collections management platform was designed, where specialists could document cultural items starting with excavation, inventory, catalogue, enter technical information about curational activities, generate micro-climatic reports, generate automatic labels, and perform other functions that systematize and facilitate the processes linked to collections.
However, starting in 2020, work was paralyzed due to the global pandemic, forcing the Wiese Foundation to develop new strategies for interaction with the public at El Brujo. This dark time for the country’s museums highlighted the great importance of protocols for management of emergencies regarding Cultural Heritage, as well as organization with minimum standards and the necessity of inventories and digital catalogues with free access for the public.
Therefore, in 2021, the inventory work was partially restarted, due to the need to attend to the processes of monitoring and conservation of the collections that were reorganized in previous years. In 2022, the inventory work began again in full, led by Rubén Buitrón, head of the laboratory at the El Brujo Archaeological Complex.
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The collection housed at El Brujo consists of 39,415 cultural items, including ceramics, textiles, botanic materials, mummy bundles, and a dozen other lines of evidence, which include the mummy of the Lady of Cao and all the objects recovered from her funerary context. All these cultural items are the product of more than 3 decades of archaeological investigations at El Brujo. Currently, the collections can be freely viewed at https://www.elbrujo.pe/catalogo/.
Thus concludes a fundamental stage for the preservation and management of the archaeological heritage under the custody of the Wiese Foundation, which established the foundations for the democratization of access to the collections at El Brujo, as well as the generation of new archaeological research projects for the benefit of society.
This ambitious project was completed on October 7. The Wiese Foundation thanks the excellent group of archaeologists and conservators that made this possible.
Augusto Bazán | Director of Investigations CAEB
Rubén Buitrón | Head of Laboratory CAEB
José Alva | Field Archaeologist CAEB
Merly Rosas | Laboratory Assistant CAEB
Professionals contracted for the project
Carlos Fuentes | Archaeologist
Yuriko García | Archaeologist
Eder Castro | Archaeologist
Katherine Albornoz | Archaeologist
Helen Chavarría | Archaeologist
Abigaíl Paulino | Conservator
Edson Palomino | Archaeologist
Elio Pérez | Archaeologist
Leslie Zúñiga | Conservator